Many of you graduated college last month. Congratulations! You may have even taken a small celebration sabbatical, but then you got back to work. Now you have your first post-college job – your first “real” job. With over 50 years’ experience of a successful business, Culver-Newlin offers the following five ways to succeed at your first post-college job.
Pay attention during meetings
Put down your phone. Close your laptop. Focus all of your attention on the speaker and on what’s going on during the meeting. Take notes. Be prepared to ask or to answer questions.
Be open to collaboration and teamwork
College work was self-focused. Business is different. You’ve heard the old saying: “There is no ‘I’ in team.” If you cannot work well with others, you cannot succeed in the business world.
Deliver what you’ve promised
If you’ve promised something, deliver it. If you realize you can’t deliver for one reason or another, speak with your boss or manager as soon as you know you can’t complete what you’ve taken on. Delivering on your commitments will help you build a reputation of honesty and accountability.
Don’t pout when things don’t go your way
This isn’t middle school. This isn’t even college any more. Things go wrong. It may be your fault. It may be someone else’s. Stay positive and stay involved – and become part of the solution! These traits will go a long way in business success.
Continually prove you’re an asset to the company
Just because you did an excellent job on your first project, and on your second, doesn’t mean you can now rest on your laurels. Every day is a new day you will need to prove your value to the organization.
When you’re ready to furnish your first office, and each new office as you climb the corporate ladder, Culver-Newlin can provide you with comfortable, ergonomic office furniture. Call us when you need us, 949-288-6739. We’ll be here to watch you grow. Congratulations, Graduates!